Accredited Online Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
As part of our commitment to academic excellence and student success, we work hard to maintain prominent accreditations at the university and program levels. As a student in our accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, you can rest assured your education meets professional standards. You will graduate having the most current OTA knowledge and skills—all of which prepare you to take the NBCOT® Exam for becoming a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at St. Catherine University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA®), located at:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize ACOTE as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education. This accreditation means our program has been closely evaluated and certified for maximum educational effectiveness. To learn more about ACOTE and the accreditation process, please call 301.652.AOTA or visit acoteonline.org.
Special note: Our Online OTA program is listed as a “distance education track” on the AOTA website listed under Minnesota due to its combination of online and in-person curriculum.
St. Catherine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. This regional accreditation means our university has been closely evaluated and certified for meeting very specific standards of higher learning. To learn more about the HLC and its accreditation process, please call 800.621.7440 or visit hlcommission.org.
Students who graduate from our OTA program must take and pass the NBCOT Exam to become a certified occupational therapy assistant, which is required to practice the profession. In addition to national certification, OTAs must meet the licensure requirements for the states in which they plan to practice. Most states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico require Occupational Therapy Assistants to be licensed.
States have similar but not identical requirements and procedures for obtaining a license. For specific state licensure requirements always consult the state occupational therapy regulatory agency (see AOTA’s website for contact information).
To obtain a license you will need to:
- Complete your fieldwork requirements
- Graduate from an accredited OTA educational program such as St. Kate’s Online OTA program
- Apply for and pass the NBCOT ® Certification Exam
- Apply for a license and pay a fee for each state/jurisdiction you wish to practice or hold a license
Important Note: A felony conviction can affect a person’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Exam or attain state licensure.
Graduates of the Online OTA program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants, administered by the NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, graduates will become certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs).
For program enrollment and graduation data, visit stkate.edu.
Contact us to learn more about our accredited university and OTA program.